County presses on with Penny Tax projects as it works to resolve DOR issues

ground breaking Richland County Council plans to hold a special meeting this afternoon to hash out a response to the S.C. Department of Revenue, which has stopped allocating revenue for the Penny Tax program. Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush said he’s optimistic that the council and Revenue Department can work out an agreement that keeps the program going. Read More...

Midlands Gives nets $509,000 for charity despite tech woes

giving day webTechnical difficulties with the host website extend the deadline from midnight to noon on Wednesday for donations, which are now being accepted at a new site. As of Tuesday afternoon, Historic Columbia led the way in number of reported donations, while St. Peter’s Catholic School had received nearly $15,000 in contributions.  Read More...

Plum Inc. makes a $100 million splash in Midlands market

The California-based lending platform has funds earmarked for commercial real estate projects ranging from multi-family housing to office and industrial space in a market it finds appealing. Area business leaders like what they heard from Plum founder and CEO Bill Fisher at the Capital City Club.  Read More...

Columbia officially kicks off National Small Business Week

Seminars and outings mark the city’s participation in the national event, designed to highlight the importance of and increase resources for small businesses. A particular focus is on bolstering the success of women-owned businesses, which grew 74 percent between 1997 and 2015.  Read More...

Strong residential real estate market buoys S.C. Leading Index

A 30% increase in the number of residential building permits issued helped boost the S.C. Leading Index in March. (Photo/Staff)The state’s real estate indicators turned in strong numbers for the month, according to a report from the S.C. Commerce Department. The number of homes sold climbed 28.5% to 6,241 units, while the median sales price rose both month over month and year over year by 1.5% and 3.0%, respectively. In addition, the number of residential building permits issued in March climbed 30%. Read More...


State adds 800 online help wanted ads in April

The Supply/Demand rate for jobs in March stood at 2.08 unemployed workers for each advertised vacancy, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series. The number of unemployed workers was about 131,350 in March, the board reported. Read More...

Charleston publishing group acquires Free Times newspaper

Evening Post Publishing Newspaper Group has bought the Free Times, Columbia’s alternative weekly newspaper. The new owner, which is parent of the Charleston Post and Courier, named Chris Ratliff, publisher and advertising director of the Free Times, and Andy Shain, a former reporter at The State, editor.  Read More...